Red Suspenders Timber Frames

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Shopwork begins

A new load from the kiln is ready. This week we are planing all of the newly dried material and continuing work on the main truss timbers.

A new load of kiln dried timbers is ready from the kiln. This load has some of the larger pieces that will be used to construct the arch braces. Moisture content was well within specifications. Image Not Available
Image Not Available Doug and Keith are preparing to off load the timbers and get them ready for the timber sizer. It will take several hours to sort and stack the timbers.
All of the timbers are being planed with the Yates Model 14 planer. This process squares the timbers and provides the first dimensional surfacing. When finished the timbers will be ready for layout. Image Not Available
Image Not Available John is placing the final load of timbers into the kiln. These timbers are being loaded into the right hand kiln while the left kiln is already stacked with the 1x material that will be used to build the trusses. The 1x material will be ready in about two weeks while it will take at least 28 days for the final timber load to dry.
The first real cold snap puts a spring in our step as Doug and Richard study the construction details to make sure they layout the joinery correctly. Doug believes he should finish with this load sometime in the first week of December

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Image Not Available Meanwhile, back in the shop, the heater is cooking away in the corner while will works on one of the "scarf" joints used in one of the longer plate timbers. The scarf joint is used to join timbers of equal size to form one longer timber. The joint is very strong but requires precise craftsmanship.
Here he is checking out the measurements of the end section to make sure he has a proper fitting joint. Image Not Available
Image Not Available Keith has check the final work to ensure it passes quality standards. Once the joint has passes inspection, it is coated with end sealer to protect the joint surface and seal it. End sealer prevents moisture loss which could cause changes in the joint surface and make it difficult to assemble the joint in the field.
Kevin continues to work on the remaining timbers. Here he is finishing the initial cuts on several mortis joints. You can see by the pile of saw dust the number of mortis joints Kevin has cut in the last few days! Image Not Available
Image Not Available Kevin is finishing out one of the more complex mortise and shoulder joints on one of the main support post. You can see from this image that the post will support several girts coming into the post from different directions. It's got to be right for everything to fit.
Will is studying the construction drawings to insure he has the correct joinery information for Plate I4. It gets dark early these days but the shop is warm and work is proceeding at a good pace. Image Not Available